Get a glimpse into Amador County History at the Preston Castle!

Aug 7, 2015
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The Preston Castle, also known as the Preston School of Industry, was one of the oldest and best known reform schools in the country. The beautiful architecture of the building, made in the Romanesque Revival architectural style makes it a beautiful sight to behold. If you want to see a part of Amador County history as well as a beautiful building, look for a budget-friendly place to stay in Amador County and come visit the Preston Castle and take a tour.

The land where the Preston Castle is located was originally purchased in 1890. The land was purchased so that a rehabilitation center could be built. The State Legislature wanted to build a center where more progressive actions could be taken toward juvenile offenders instead of simply imprisoning them. Original plans for the building included five floors with 77 rooms throughout the building. In addition, there is a reception room, sitting room, dining room, physician office and pharmacy, a butler’s pantry, and several offices on the first floor. On the second floor, there is a reading room, classroom, dormitories, and a library. The remaining floors were to hold more dormitories. The building remained open until 1960. In 2001, The Preston Castle Foundation took over the premises and restored it to its original beauty. It is now a California State Historical Landmark.

Tours to the public are available! For more information on the tours, visit